In 2008, the Dodgers called on Tommy Lasorda to return to the bench.
When the new arrangements between Major League clubs and their affiliates become official, the Twins will have the closest Triple-A affiliate, perhaps in history, based on the shortest overland distance between their Target Field in Minneapolis and the Saints’ CHS Field in St. Paul. In my recent study of MLB clubs’ distances to their affiliates, the mileage I used was… View Post
I never got to see Phil Niekro pitch during his career, even though he pitched for five-plus seasons after I went to my first baseball game. But in 2017, I got to watch him throw batting practice to fellow Hall of Famer Wade Boggs at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. As I remember it, Boggs stepped to the plate during BP… View Post
Almost six years ago, out of curiosity, I calculated just how far each Major League team was from its minor league affiliates, on average. I don’t think I expected to update it every offseason when affiliates moved or Player Development Contracts were renegotiated biennially, but in hindsight, that wouldn’t have been too hard to do — and would’ve made this… View Post
News of Tom Seaver‘s death came out on my 44th birthday. That makes me too young to have seen him in his original Mets tenure, or to have had a reaction to his 1977 trade to the Reds. I went to my first Major League ballgame in 1983, but a family friend took me to Yankee Stadium and not Shea…. View Post